Jaromir Jagr is only four years younger than New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer.
However, the ageless wonder will be lacing up his skates for the Devils this season and New Jersey is hoping that Jagr has found the fountain of youth. Jagr spent time with the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins in 2012 and gave both teams veteran leadership and decent production. With that being said, the Devils need to improve on the power play and Jagr is excellent with a man advantage.
In fact, No. 68 scorched the back of the net 19 times last season and 10 of Jagr’s goals came on the power play. If Jagr can stay healthy, he will surely contribute to a Devils’ special teams squad that was pretty suspect last season — New Jersey ranked 21st in power play goals in 2012-13. Let’s get one thing straight, though: the Devils aren’t getting the Jagr who led the NHL in points every season from 1997-2001.
After a 19-19 season last year, it’s hard to believe that the Devils were Eastern Conference champions in 2012 and were just four wins away from hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup. Perhaps the shortened season is what did this team in, but the expectations were high and the club just didn’t produce.
Hopefully a savvy veteran like Jagr can provide a much-needed boost to New Jersey and put it back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in four years.